Most Popular Books That I’ve Read

After making a list of the most popular (based on the number of Goodreads ratings) books on my TBR, (found here) I knew that I wanted to do more lists of this type. I decided to do this on first, because I am actually really excited to see what books that I’ve read have the most Goodreads ratings. For the sake of continuity, I’m only including the books that I actually finished on this list. Also, I am leaving the seven Harry Potter books off the list, but know that they would be, in published order, books: 1 & 4 & 3 & 5 & 9 & 8 & 6.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
2,483,941 Ratings – 4.25 Average
Is it strange that I kind of forgot about this book? I mean, I’m not surprised it’s at the top of the list now that I’ve remembered it, but I wouldn’t have predicted this. No, this is not my copy and I’m not even sure I can still find it. I know I don’t want to reread it.

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
2,041,518 Ratings – 4.35 Average
…I…Kind of…forgot this book, too. But, I mean, I didn’t like it anyway, so I just removed it from my brain. (Attic theory.) So…erhm, not really much to say here.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
1,643,606 Ratings – 2.24 Average
I knew this book would be towards the top of this list. I liked this book, not a lot, but enough to buy more of the series. (And have enjoyed them quite a bit.) But, I knew that this was a popular book/series so no surprise to see it here.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
1,394,995 Ratings – 4.11 Average
Hmm… Yeah, not at all surprised this book’s on the list. Not surprised it’s pretty high, either. Mixed feels about this whole series, but if that was the original cover, I might not have written it off quite so soon.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini
1,254,218 Ratings – 3.88 Average
Huh. I am suitably surprised to see this on the list. Especially this high. Though, I do remember when it first came out and that it was kind of a thing that the author was young. I wonder if his writing ever improved…

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
1,176,304 Ratings – 4.22 Average
If anything, I’m surprised this book isn’t higher. Seems like everyone’s read it and everyone – except me – loves it.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
877,052 Ratings – 4.02 Average
…I wonder how many people read this book because of the movie… Anyway, didn’t like the book, liked the movie only slightly more – probably because of Dylan O’Brien.

The Adventure’s of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
669,322 Ratings – 3.90 Average
This … might possibly be the first book I ever hated. I mean, it’s just ugh. Blech. The less said about it – and why the hell it has such a high average – the better.

City of Ashes by Cassandra Claire
647,697 Ratings – 4.20 Average
Did I mention how much this series is loved and hated – sometimes I think in equal measure, by people? Anyhow, not surprised so see it here.

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
627,478 Ratings – 4.24 Average
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the new covers this series has, because they are simply lovely. (Also, not surprised it’s here. Kind of surprised it’s not ahead of City of Ashes.)

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
609,885 Ratings – 4.25 Average
Let’s just say that I am very surprised to see this on the list. Very, very surprised. But, then again, this is the most popular/talked about Christie book. (Not my favorite.)

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
580,012 Ratings – 4.33 Average
I’m kind of surprised this book’s so high. I didn’t really expect any books from this series of Clare’s to show up here, because it’s not as loved as her first one. (I like this one more.)

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
577,829 Ratings – 4.35 Average
Once again, Clare and Riordan traveling together. So, I shouldn’t be surprised that this is here. In fact, I’m kind of not. At all.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
565,613 Ratings – 4.15 Average
First impression is that I am shocked this book made this list. Second impression is that I shouldn’t have been so shocked, because I remember the love and fans this series had/has. So…yeah.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
497,521 Ratings – 4.13 Average
(lol, don’t like any of the covers for this book. Guess this is the best of the bunch.) Shocked that this book is here. I never thought it would made the list and I had no idea it was this popular.

And there we go, the fifteen books on my read shelf that has the most ratings at Goodreads. I’ve got at least one more post like this that I want to do – only on the books with the highest average ratings, so get prepared for a lot of under-loved books!

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Five Author’s Who I Won’t Be Giving Anymore Chances Too

I had two different ideas for this list and decided to combine them together into this one. Basically, this is either author’s I hit a book bad enough that I have zero interest in ever reading again, or author’s that I tried, was less than impressed and have – you guessed it – zero interest in trying again.

Also, this covers the last few years – because if I went back to all the author’s I’ve read, not only would that list be huge, but most of them would be irrelevant.

Sarah J. Maas

Books Read: Throne of Glass & Crown of Midnight

So, I fall into an odd category with this author. I loved her first book but the longer I’m away from her second, the more I hate it. (Originally reviewed for 3 stars, dropped to 2 on Goodreads and if I was the sort to keep changing my ratings, it’d be down to 1.) So, while I hated the second book, it’s more because of hearing about subsequent books in the series and her A Court of Thorns and Roses make me realize that this is so not the author for me. (Abuse = love? -Or whatever the hell this is supposed to be- No thanks.)

Jen Turano

Books Read: Gentleman of her Dreams, A Change of Fortune, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, A Talent for Trouble & A Match of Wits. (AKA: The entire Ladies of Distinction series.)

Beyond the fact that I struggle to read Christian fiction anymore – and I will not get into religion on my blog. Something I have promised myself – I would never pick up another book by this author or even buy one for my mom. Mostly because all her books that I’ve read follow the same pattern (stoic man/manic pixie dream girl romance) but also because to fit this mould, she completely assassinated a character between one book and the next.

K.J. Charles

Books Read: The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh, A Fashionable Indulgence, A Seditious Affair, A Gentleman’s Position (AKA: The entire Society of Gentlemen series) & The Magpie Lord

The Magpie Lord has rape undertones, rape overtones and is pretty much just rape-y. Also, the ‘bonus’ short story with the same couple is pretty explicitly rape. Just because too much of society thinks ‘a man cannot be raped’ does not mean that’s in any way accurate. And, as a prolific M/M author, Charles should know better. On an unrelated note, I also enjoyed every book of hers that I read significantly less than the previous one.

Elise Kova

Books Read: Air Awakens & Fire Falling (dabbled in Earth’s End just enough)

So, let me take you through the budding romantic relationship in the first three books. He and she are friends. The build each other up, and support each other and are there for each other. It grows into a romantic connection. Their situation makes it difficult, but it’s worth it. Then he calls her a ‘whore’ and a ‘slut’ because she’s spending too much time with his brother. Even accusing her of sleeping with both brothers and then going after their father because she’s ‘had both brothers.’ This, folks, is the endgame romance. Think about that for a moment and tell me that this is how women should respect themselves.

Charlie N. Holmberg

Books Read: The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician & The Master Magician (AKA: The entire The Paper Magician series)

While I had some of my usual problems with a disappointing, lackluster finale to a series with this one, the real deal breaker was the romantic relationship and how it was handled. While for the first two books it kind of fell in the ‘hot for teacher’ group, the third book saw them getting together. While the age difference itself didn’t bother me, the obvious power imbalance, her basically turning into his housekeeper/cook/maid/assistant, and the fact that it easily destroyed her personality all did.

 

While I do have more authors that belong on this list, I figured that five was a good place to stop. Maybe sometime later I’ll add a few more and do another list. How about you? What authors are you done with?

TV Shows I Need to Watch in 2019

I was browsing around last week and got this idea over at  The Fictional Reader. Sometimes I can get as drawn into my shows as I do my books, so I thought I’d make a list of the shows I have to watch/catch up on this year.

The Librarians season 4

Love the show and am super sad that it got canceled. But, at the same time, I am so looking forward to getting to finish it.

The Shannara Chronicles season 2

…Didn’t think I’d like this show as much as I do. Of course, it’s kind of like a couple other shows on this list: canceled way before it should have been.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season 3

Strange to think that I’m usually a Marvel girl, and yet my favorite superhero TV show so far is DC. Just this one, though, because I think The Arrow and The Flash have both finally lost me. (But this show is all kinds of awesome!)

The Magicians season 3

This show is just so unexpected and unique and good. While it’s a very mature show – I mean, I’m certainly not going to recommend it to my mom, because of the free use of curse words and the very frank discussions/depictions of sex – it’s also mature it how it handles things – especially the aforementioned sex.

Lost Girl season 1

I’ve actually been interested in this show for years and never took the plunge of buying it on DVD. Now I can get it on Netflix and I can’t quite figure out what’s stopping me.

Killjoys season 2

And this is part of why I want to watch Lost Girl, because they’re from the same creator. Anyway, this show is a lot of fun and I pretty much adore Dutch. (It’s true, we all do.)

Sense8 season 1

I…have been ‘watching’ this show for the better part of four months and only made two or three episodes. I like the show, but I’ve not taken the time to get involved in it. Partially because it’s really in depth, but also because I’m always thrown that this comes from my creator of Babylon 5 as well as the folks that did The Matrix movies. (Which movies I couldn’t stand.)

Shadowhunters season 3

I cannot tell you how disappointed I was when I heard this show got canceled. I mean, it’s not a perfect show by any means, but it’s fun and diverse and I’m just sorry to see it go.

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Miss. Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series 3

Started watching mostly because I love the music from the 20’s-40’s. Kept watching because I’ve fallen a little in love with Miss Fisher. And because I still love the music.

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Wynonna Earp season 1

I keep telling myself to watch this show, and I keep forgetting it. Maybe this time I’ll remember it. Anyway, it sounds awesome and kind of gay. (Which is awesome all on it’s own.)

Hey! Ten shows and I didn’t even try to get an even ten. There’s probably a couple more could add (season 4 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and season 1 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine come to mind, but I hardly watch half-hour comedies anymore) but this is a good idea of what I should be watching for the next few months.

What shows are you looking forward to (finally) watching this year? Any of these? Or maybe you already love some of these shows and think I’m just being slow getting to them?

My Sci-Fi Book Recommendations

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Being totally honest, I consider myself somewhat inexperienced when it comes to sci-fi. Looking at my Goodreads shelves, I’ve got about a third as much sci-fi as I do fantasy – which, considering that fantasy has been my favorite genre for half my life, is actually pretty good.

So, I’ve went through my list of almost one hundred sci-fi books, culled out the ones that I liked when I read them and know I wouldn’t now, and put together a list of my favorite sci-fi books that I’d recommend to everyone!

Middle Grade – Near Future, Earth

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The Inventor’s Secret by Chad Morris

Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don’t read history, but watch it happen around them; where running in gym class isn’t around a track, but up a virtual mountain; and where learning about animals means becoming one through an avatar.

Welcome to Cragbridge Hall, the most advanced and prestigious school in the world. Twin siblings Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as new students to use their famed grandfather’s inventions that make Cragbridge Hall so incredible. But when their grandfather and parents go missing, the twins begin following a trail of clues left by their grandfather. They must find out where their family is, learn who they can trust, and discover what secrets are hidden within Cragbridge Hall.

Abby and Derick soon realize they are caught in a race with a fierce adversary to discover their grandfather’s greatest secret–a dangerous discovery that could alter both history and reality.

Young Adult – Far Future, Space & Other Worlds

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Starflight by Melissa Landers

Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.

The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

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Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

Young Adult – Alternate Universe, Earth

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Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

Years ago, everything changed. Phantoms, massive beasts of nightmare, began terrorizing the world. At the same time four girls, the Effigies, appeared, each with the unique power to control a classical element. Since then, they have protected the world from the Phantoms. At the death of one Effigy, another is chosen, pulled from her normal life into the never-ending battle.

When Maia unexpectedly becomes the next Fire Effigy, she resists her new calling. A quiet girl with few friends and almost no family, she was much happier to admire the Effigies from afar. Never did she imagine having to master her ability to control fire, to protect innocent citizens from the Phantoms, or to try bringing together the other three Effigies.

But with the arrival of the mysterious Saul—a man who seems to be able to control the Phantoms using the same cosmic power previously only granted to four girls at a time—Maia and the other Effigies must learn to work together in a world where their celebrity is more important than their heroism.

But the secrets Saul has, and the power he possesses, might be more than even they can handle…

Young Adult – Far Future, Earth

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Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

Jarra is stuck on Earth while the rest of humanity portals around the universe. But can she prove to the norms that she’s more than just an Earth Girl?

2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape’, a ‘throwback’, but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.

Jarra invents a fake background for herself – as a normal child of Military parents – and joins a class of norms that is on Earth to excavate the ruins of the old cities. When an ancient skyscraper collapses, burying another research team, Jarra’s role in their rescue puts her in the spotlight. No hiding at back of class now. To make life more complicated, she finds herself falling in love with one of her classmates – a norm from another planet. Somehow, she has to keep the deception going.

A freak solar storm strikes the atmosphere, and the class is ordered to portal off-world for safety – no problem for a real child of military parents, but fatal for Jarra. The storm is so bad that the crews of the orbiting solar arrays have to escape to planet below: the first landing from space in 600 years. And one is on collision course with their shelter.

Telepath by Janet Edwards

Amber is one of over a million eighteen-year-olds in one of the great hive cities of twenty-sixth century Earth. She’s about to enter the Lottery of 2532, which will assess her abilities and decide her hive level, her profession, her whole future life. Amber’s dream is to be level 10 or above, her nightmare is to be a level 99 Sewage Technician.

When Lottery discovers Amber is a rare and precious telepath, she must adapt to a new life protecting the people of the crowded hive city. Her job is hunting down criminals before they commit their crimes, but she doesn’t know she’s being hunted herself.

Adult – Far Future, Military

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Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff

In the distant future, humans and several other races have been granted membership in the Confederation – at a price. They must act as soldier/protectors of the far more civilized races who have long since turned away from war… — Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr was a battle-hardened professional. So when she and those in her platoon who’d survived the last deadly encounter with the Others were yanked from a well-deserved leave for what was supposed to be “easy” duty as the honor guard for a diplomatic mission to the non-Confederation world of the Silsviss, she was ready for anything.

At first it seemed that all she’d have to contend with was bored troops getting into mischief, and breaking in the new Second Lieutenant who had been given command of her men.

Sure, there’d been rumors of the Others – the sworn enemies of the Confederation – being spotted in this sector of space. But there were always rumors. The key thing was to recruit the Silsviss into the Confederation before the Others either attacked or claimed this lizardlike race of warriors for their own side. And everything seemed to be going perfectly. Maybe too perfectly…

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

To win an impossible war Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.

Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris’s career isn’t the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next.

Cheris’s best hope is to ally with the undead tactician Shuos Jedao. The good news is that Jedao has never lost a battle, and he may be the only one who can figure out how to successfully besiege the fortress.

The bad news is that Jedao went mad in his first life and massacred two armies, one of them his own. As the siege wears on, Cheris must decide how far she can trust Jedao–because she might be his next victim.

Adult – Far Future, Aliens

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Earthrise by M.C.A. Hogarth

Reese Eddings has enough to do just keeping her rattletrap merchant vessel, the TMS Earthrise, profitable enough to pay food for herself and her micro-crew. So when a mysterious benefactor from her past shows up demanding she rescue a man from slavers, her first reaction is to say “NO!” And then to remember that she sort of promised to repay the loan. But she doesn’t remember signing up to tangle with pirates and slavers over a space elf prince… Book 1 of the Her Instruments trilogy is a rollicking space operatic adventure set in the Pelted Paradox universe.

Mindtouch by M.C.A. Hogarth

Seersana University is worlds-renowned for its xenopsychology program, producing the Alliance’s finest therapists, psychiatric nurses and alien researchers. When Jahir, one of the rare and reclusive Eldritch espers, arrives on campus, he’s unprepared for the challenges of a vast and multicultural society… but fortunately, second-year student Vasiht’h is willing to take him under his wing. Will the two win past their troubles and doubts and see the potential for a once-in-a-lifetime partnership?

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Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines

When the Krakau came to Earth, they planned to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species.

This would have worked out better for all involved if they hadn’t arrived after a mutated plague wiped out half the planet, turned the rest into shambling, near-unstoppable animals, and basically destroyed human civilization. You know—your standard apocalypse.

The Krakau’s first impulse was to turn their ships around and go home. After all, it’s hard to establish diplomatic relations with mindless savages who eat your diplomats.

Their second impulse was to try to fix us.

A century later, human beings might not be what they once were, but at least they’re no longer trying to eat everyone. Mostly.

Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos is surprisingly bright (for a human). As a Lieutenant on the Earth Mercenary Corps Ship Pufferfish, she’s in charge of the Shipboard Hygiene and Sanitation team. When a bioweapon attack by an alien race wipes out the Krakau command crew and reverts the rest of the humans to their feral state, only Mops and her team are left with their minds intact.

Escaping the attacking aliens—not to mention her shambling crewmates—is only the beginning. Sure, Mops and her assortment of space janitors and plumbers can clean the ship, but flying the damn thing is another matter. As they struggle to keep the Pufferfish functioning and find a cure for their crew, they stumble onto a conspiracy that could threaten the entire alliance.

A conspiracy born from the truth of what happened on Earth all those years ago…

Adult – Far Future, Time Travel

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Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan

The future is coming…for some, sooner than others.

Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing, but when faced with a terminal illness, he’s willing to take an insane gamble. He’s built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he’ll face a world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise. He could find more than a cure for his illness; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time began…but only if he can survive Hollow World.

Steampunk

I’m sure some people don’t consider steampunk as science fiction, and it can be a very difficult sub genre to place, but I have decided to include a few steampunk books on this recommendation list for several reasons. The first is that I love steampunk, of course! The other reasons are that some steampunk books are, in a historical way, easy to consider sci-fi. The rules I laid for myself are that I can have steampunk on this list if: 1] it is set on Earth; (which leaves the awesome Tales of the Ketty Jay series off) and 2] it is not more urban fantasy than sci-fi (which leaves everything by the amazing Gail Carriger off).

What I was then left with was a short list and a deep knowledge that I need to be reading more steampunk. (And that I definitely need to read more adult steampunk because all the books that fit that criteria were/are YA…)

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Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

A sixteen-year-old governess becomes a spy in this alternative U.S. history where the British control with magic and the colonists rebel by inventing.

It’s 1888, and sixteen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family—but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister—but it seems like the children’s young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister family’s life. She soon realizes she’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause—but to do so, she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret.

Timekeeper by Tara Sim

I was in an accident. I got out. I’m safe now.

An alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, where a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

A prodigy mechanic who can repair not only clockwork but time itself, determined to rescue his father from a Stopped town.

A series of mysterious bombings that could jeopardize all of England.

A boy who would give anything to relive his past, and one who would give anything to live at all.

A romance that will shake the very foundations of time.

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The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns–and the heroines who use them all

Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician’s assistant. The three young women’s lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It’s up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.

Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.

 

If you guys would like to know anything specific about these books, just ask! Or if you want to leave me recommendations, those are always great!

TBR Maintenice (AKA: these are the books I pulled off my to-read shelf at Goodreads)

I used to do twice yearly maintenance on my Goodreads shelves, specifically the ‘want to read’ one and it’s been ages since I did that. I figured now was as good a time as any and, especially considering the light posts I’ve had lately, I’d let you guys know what I’ve been removing.

I’d love to know if any of these are books you’ve read or want to read and your thoughts on them!

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Sovereign by April Daniels

Why?

I had fun with the first book in this series about a trans superhero – but even with the first one, there were problems. I thought the whole ‘magical transformation’ was … tasteless. Okay, so, I’m not trans, so maybe I don’t have a right to say this, but (and I’m going to anyway) I dislike the ‘character is trans, but it’s okay because they have superpowers/special abilities to give themselves the body they always should have had.’ (I’ve actually read about two trans superheroes – the only trans superheroes I’ve read about – and they BOTH have this ability!) So, by this point, I think I was just looking for a reason not to read this book, and it came in the form of a review that basically said … hmm … let’s go with, this book suffers from extreme feminism. That plus the villain doing their thing again – which I’d heard from plenty of other reviews – and those are reasons enough. (And, honestly, this book has been on my TBR for so long already and I keep passing it for something else because there’s always been a part of me that suspected that I wouldn’t really like it.)

The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale

Why?

Honestly, I have a few reasons. If Gale hadn’t wrote a hockey romance series, this book would have never even been on my radar. The explicit nature of musicians don’t work for me – all the musical romances I’ve read (save one) has been very sex, drugs and rock and roll and that’s … really not for me. Finally… I’ve heard some pretty uncomplimentary things about Gale’s behavior towards fans. Also, all her newer books sound like very much not my thing. (I might still read more in her hockey series, if I remember it/she ever publishes more, but for now, this is an author I’m done with.)

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Age of War by Michael J. Sullivan

Why?

This one actually hurts me a little. If you know me, you’ll know that for several years, Sullivan was my favorite author and to so completely loose interest in his fantasy writing…does truly hurt. Okay, the other two books in this series were not my favorites of his by a long shot. The people didn’t catch my attention, the story itself is super dense and it’s more of the straight white cis people doing straight white cis people things. (The only good thing here is that Sullivan has created a story that is pretty heavy with strong women. Now, if only I liked them.) I think the final straw was reading Hollow World by Sullivan, which is is only foray into science fiction and, without a doubt, my favorite book of his. Seeing how well he can handle gender and sexuality issues makes me sad that his fantasy books don’t have any of it. (I’ll definitely read more of his work if they get out of the ‘generic fantasy setting’ – but, for now, I’m done.)

The Radical Element anthology

Why?

I was kind of already thinking that I’d give this collection a pass – most of them are too recent for me to really enjoy as I don’t like ‘history’ stories from the nineteen hundreds, usually – but then… Well, I read a review that stated there is no F/F romance. I know, that’s probably a silly reason to pass, but given how uncertain I was already, it was enough. (I just feel really strongly that any anthology that is celebrating girls is remiss to not have F/F romances.)

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Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett

Why?

I’ve kind of jumped around in the Discworld a bit. I’ve read a few in the Guards series, one in the Death series and a couple more that I don’t know where they fit. I latched on to this one because it’s a riff on a supposed Chinese curse (and a saying that I love) and I thought it’d be fun to see the Chinese Discworld. Well, I thought I’d do some research first – because I could also see how racist this could be – and found some enlightening reviews. (Click on the text to go to the review the quote is from.)

Interesting Times just isn’t funny–unless you like jokes about rape; jokes about paralysis and deafness; jokes involving ageism; fat jokes; China and Japan being smooshed together in a fantasy conglomerate; scenes in which the tonal quality of Asian languages is mocked; scenes in which freed Agatean [(the aforementioned China/Japan smoosh)] captives call an old white man “Master”; the Agateans do not end up ruling themselves–instead an old white barbarian does, and it’s implied that this will be much better for Agatea.

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I could not laugh at an 86 years old character, confined to a wheelchair and seemingly deaf, who cannot remember that “ you are supposed to rape women and loot cities, and not the other way round” – this is just a random example of what counts as satire in this novel.

I might be reading more Pratchett – but definitely not this one.

The Caphenon by Fletcher DeLancey

Why?

I put the book on my list because it’s lesbians in space! *cough* Okay, so I did add it because of the promise of a lesbian science fiction. I removed it because a lot of the less favorable reviews say it’s very…info-dumpy. Like everything is over explained and there’s so much focus on that, there’s not a lot on the characters. And, for me, even my spec fiction, I NEED character driven stories, not…world building heavy things.

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Brothers of the Wild North Sea by Harper Fox

Why?

Interestingly enough, I’m pretty sure the reason I added it: set in 687 and about (as near as I can tell) gay Vikings. At the time I added it, I thought it sounded cool. Now I’m looking at it and going ‘really? you think you’re going to read that and that you’ll like it if you do?’ This is so very, very much not the sort of thing I’ll ever read.

Dragon Slayer by Isabella Carter

Why?

Because it’s titled as the first in a series and it’s been five years without signs of a second one. Because the author wrote a how to book that’s titled: How To Make A Man Fall In Love With You: Use This Advice to Make a Man to Fall in Love with You! (How To Make A Man Fall In Love With You books, fall in love, fall in love for life) … Do I even need to comment on that one?

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The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin

Why?

Honestly, I love the sounds of this book, but when I look at if I would actually ever read it… Yeah, no. I mean, it’s a mystery – which I no longer read often and usually don’t enjoy when a book has mystery as a subgenre. (Because they are so poorly written.) It’s a M/F romance – which…I gotta admit, I hardly ever read because the sexism makes me angry. And this book has the potential to be rife with sexism. No thanks. (Quote from the goodreads synopsis: Yet his position means that all she could ever be to him is his concubine—will she sacrifice her pride to follow her heart? *blinks* Okay then. Because that’s exactly what I want to read.)

 

So, I was thinking I’d be getting probably twenty books off my list but, by the time I reached nine … I’m actually pretty sure I’ll read most if not all of the books that are still on my list. I still need to do some cleaning, and organizing, because they are severely a mess and all jumbled, but for now…Yeah, I’m happy with what I accomplished.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and think my assessment is totally wrong and that I have to read it – or if you are interested in reading any of these books.

The Last Ten Books I Added to My TBR

I hope you guys like my lists as much as I do, because I’ve got another one coming at you. (Yeah, I know, it probably doesn’t make up for no reviews, but, real life being the way it is, I think we’ll be stuck like this for awhile.) This time, I wanted to share with you guys the last books I added to my TBR.

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In Midnight’s Silence by T. Frohock

A lyrical tale in a world of music and magic, T. Frohock’s In Midnight’s Silence –the first novella in the Los Nefilim series–shows the lengths a man will go to save the people he loves, and the sides he’ll choose when the sidelines are no longer an option.

The fate of mankind has nothing to do with mankind…

Born of an angel and a daimon, Diago Alvarez is a singular being in a country torn by a looming civil war and the spiritual struggle between the forces of angels and daimons. With allegiance to no one but his partner Miquel, he is content to simply live in Barcelona, caring only for the man he loves and the music he makes. Yet, neither side is satisfied to let him lead this domesticated life and, knowing they can’t get to him directly, they do the one thing he’s always feared.

They go after Miquel.

Now, in order to save his lover’s life, he is forced by an angel to perform a gruesome task: feed a child to the daimon Moloch in exchange for a coin that will limit the extent of the world’s next war. The mission is fraught with danger, the time he has to accomplish it is limited…and the child he is to sacrifice is the son Diago never knew existed.

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton

Once, a witch made a pact with a devil. The legend says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all? Find out in this lush, atmospheric fantasy novel that entwines love, lies, and sacrifice.

Long ago, a village made a bargain with the devil: to ensure their prosperity, when the Slaughter Moon rises, the village must sacrifice a young man into the depths of the Devil’s Forest.

Only this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early.

Bound by duty, secrets, and the love they share for one another, Mairwen, a spirited witch; Rhun, the expected saint; and Arthur, a restless outcast, will each have a role to play as the devil demands a body to fill the bargain. But the devil these friends find is not the one they expect, and the lies they uncover will turn their town—and their hearts—inside out.

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Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames

Live fast, die young.

Tam Hashford is tired of working at her local pub, slinging drinks for world-famous mercenaries and listening to the bards sing of adventure and glory in the world beyond her sleepy hometown.

When the biggest mercenary band of all rolls into town, led by the infamous Bloody Rose, Tam jumps at the chance to sign on as their bard. It’s adventure she wants – and adventure she gets as the crew embark on a quest that will end in one of two ways: glory or death.

It’s time to take a walk on the wyld side.

Villains Don’t Date Heroes by Mia Archer

Night Terror. The greatest villain Starlight City has ever known. The greatest supervillain the world has ever seen. She rules her city with an iron fist, and there are no new worlds to conquer.

Needless to say life is pretty damn boring.

All that changes when she decides to shake things up by robbing a bank the old fashioned way and runs into the city’s newest hero: Fialux. Flying Fialux. Invulnerable Fialux. Super strong Fialux. Beautiful Fialux?

Night Terror has a new archenemy who might just be able to defeat her, but even more terrifying are the confusing feelings this upstart heroine has ignited. She doesn’t like heroes like that. She definitely doesn’t like girls like that. Right? Only she can’t deny the flutter she feels whenever she thinks of Starlight City’s newest heroine!

The line between hate and love is a razor’s edge that the world’s greatest villainess will have to walk if she wants to hold onto that title!

Villains Don’t Date Heroes! is a lesbian scifi romance novel that explores the world of villains, antiheroes, and heroes in a whole new way!

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The Winter Spirit by Indra Vaughn

Nathaniel O’Donnelly likes his life quiet, his guests happy, and his ghosts well-behaved.

Although a boyfriend wouldn’t go amiss. Someone to share his beautiful B&B with, even if it is in the middle of nowhere and he’s long past the wrong side of thirty. Problem is, Nathaniel’s living with a ghost who thinks he’s cupid, and whose arrows fly a little too straight.

Gabriel Wickfield had the unfortunate luck of dying before his time, and now he’s stuck trying to make romance happen to earn his right to move along. Not that he’s bored in the meantime—Nathaniel is just too easy to tease. And also a little bit scrumptious…

With the curse reaching its expiration date, Gabriel needs to make a final match this Christmas. Without it, nothing but darkness awaits.

Love can conquer all, but can it beat death?

The Persistence of Memory by Jordan Castillo Price

Every day, Daniel Schroeder breaks his father’s heart.

The two of them have always been close, which makes it all the more difficult to break the daily news: the last five years were nothing like Big Dan remembers.

They’re both professionals in the memory field–they even run their own memory palace. So shouldn’t they be able to figure out a way to overwrite the persistent false memory that’s wreaking havoc on both of their lives? Daniel thought he was holding it together, but the situation is sliding out of control. Now even his own equipment has turned against him, reminding him he hasn’t had a date in ages by taunting him with flashes of an elusive man in black that only he can see.

The Elijah character makes no sense. Not only does he claim to be straight–which has never piqued Daniel’s interest–but he’s appearing in manufactured memories in which he’s never been programmed. Is it some quirk of the circuitry, or is Daniel’s desire to connect with someone clouding his own memory?

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The Lightning-Struck Heart by T.J. Klune

Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident.

Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam’s pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the King’s Wizard, Morgan of Shadows.

When Sam is fourteen, he enters the Dark Woods and returns with Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, and a half-giant named Tiggy, earning the moniker Sam of Wilds.

At fifteen, Sam learns what love truly is when a new knight arrives at the castle. Sir Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed.

Naturally, it all goes to hell through the years when Ryan dates the reprehensible Prince Justin, Sam can’t control his magic, a sexually aggressive dragon kidnaps the prince, and the King sends them on an epic quest to save Ryan’s boyfriend, all while Sam falls more in love with someone he can never have.

Or so he thinks.

The Castaway Prince by Isabelle Adler

Ostracized by his family for his sexual identity, Prince Stephan is forced to flee his homeland before his older brother ascends the throne.

Stephan has been drawn to feminine things for as long as he can remember, so when the dire need for secrecy arises, he seizes the chance to don the perfect disguise. With the help of his loyal servant, Stephan picks his way through hostile territory, hiding his identity by posing as a woman. His only hope for asylum lies with the man who had been his friend and lover three years ago. But when that man also happens to be the crown prince of a rival country, things are a bit more complicated.
With war looming on the horizon, the danger of discovery grows by the moment. With all odds stacked against him, will Stephan find a safe place where he can be his true self, or is he doomed to remain a castaway?

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The Abyss Surrounds us by Emily Skrutskie

Cas has fought pirates her entire life. But can she survive living among them?

For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water.

There’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.

Ardulum: First Don by J.S. Fields

Ardulum. The planet that vanishes. The planet that sleeps.

Neek makes a living piloting the dilapidated tramp transport, Mercy’s Pledge, and smuggling questionable goods across systems blessed with peace and prosperity. She gets by—but only just. In her dreams, she is still haunted by thoughts of Ardulum, the traveling planet that, long ago, visited her homeworld. The Ardulans brought with them agriculture, art, interstellar technology…and then disappeared without a trace, leaving Neek’s people to worship them as gods.

Neek does not believe—and has paid dearly for it with an exile from her home for her heretical views.

Yet, when the crew stumbles into an armed confrontation between the sheriffs of the Charted Systems and an unknown species, fate deals Neek an unexpected hand in the form of a slave girl—a child whose ability to telepathically manipulate cellulose is reminiscent of that of an Ardulan god. Forced to reconcile her beliefs, Neek chooses to protect her, but is the child the key to her salvation, or will she lead them all to their deaths?

 

So…What was the last book you added to your TBR? Have you read any of these? Do you want to? (I feel like all except maybe two of them will be like ‘huh, what’s that?’)

Most Popular Books on My TBR

I don’t know how long I’ve had this idea saved to my computer, but I found the idea over at Howling Libraries. The idea is thus: go to your Goodreads shelf of ‘want to read’ books, sort by number of ratings, and share. I’m honestly really, really curious to see what I’ve got. (Because I read a lot of books that I know aren’t popular.)

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City of Glass by Cassandra Claire
697,175 Ratings – 4.33 Average
…Yup. I knew this one would be in the top two of my list. I actually plan to read it soon-ish, because I kind of totally want to finish the book series before I finish the tv series.

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
561,778 Ratings – 4.34 Average
Is it strange that I thought this would have been the most popular book on my TBR? Anyway…I’ve been enjoying the series and there’s some of Riordan’s never work that has really caught my eye.

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
187,882 Ratings – 4.15 Average
This is a book I actually already own, that I bought, lost interest in and have finally decided to give it a real shot.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
164,372 Ratings – 4.46 Average
*shifty eyes* Is it okay if I say I’d forgotten this book was even on my list? And look at that nosedive in the ratings from the last two.

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
102,229 Ratings – 4.04 Average
Not too surprised about this. I mean, I know how popular urban fantasy is and this is a fairly well known author in the genre.

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
40,233 Ratings – 4.17 Average
And, now, after only five books, we are out of the hundred thousands. This book is one that I started, read somewhere 148 pages and stopped because the book wasn’t what I expected. Now I’m going to try again, going into the story with my eyes open.

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
39,814 Ratings – 3.93 Average
Another book that I bought and lost interest in before reading it and that I’m going to try again with. It also has the dubious honor of being the first book on the list to average less than four Goodreads stars.

Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett
35,981 Ratings – 4.18 Average
I’m actually surprised it’s this low. I mean, maybe it’s just because I spend so much time in the fantasy world , but it feels like everyone talks about the Discworld books.

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
21,416 Ratings – 3.92 Average
*blinks* I…really didn’t expect to see this book on the list. Then again, I didn’t think the numbers would be dropping down this low…

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
20,304 Ratings – 4.01 Average
Okay, this list was a little more embarrassing than I thought it’d be, because I thought I could at least keep in the hundred thousands. Needless to say, I didn’t think this book would be here, either. As it sits, I don’t even have five more books on my TBR that is over 10,000 Goodreads ratings.

So…Do I actually need to be interested in more popular books? Is this list totally fine and I should keep on keeping on? On a side note, have you read any of these books? And what would your list look like? (And now I want to make a list of the most popular books that I’ve already read. Hmm…)

Books I DNF’d that I’m Going to Retry

I have been doing some major housecleaning the past couple months. You see, I’ve had stacks and totes full of books and now that my mom, brother and I are going to be finishing our house, I’ve got to do something with all this stuff. So, I’ve been going through a lot of it, separating out what I want to keep, what I give away, what I sell and I what I throw away.

What this has given me is books. Books that I DNF’d that I don’t remember why and sound good now. Books that I never even truly read more than five pages of that sound good and I feel I should give a shot. Don’t know when I’ll read them, how long it’ll take me, but I thought I’d share the books with you that I unearthed.

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Champion of the Rose by Andrea K. Host

Read: 61 pages Stopped because: the two main characters (?) had an entity take them over and raped them. Will try again and see if this is actually dealt with.

Everfair by Nisi Shawl

Read: 21 pages Stopped because: the writing style was jarring and I was being picky.

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Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Read: 31 pages Stopped because: bigotry and inequality and … well, this book could possibly be something I’d enjoy knowing what I was getting into.

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Pretty sure I never even read five pages of this book, just read bad review to convince myself that I shouldn’t read it. …

 

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Kaleidoscope anthology

Read: 119 pages Stopped because: I read five of the short stories and the best rating any of them got was three stars. It, hopefully, won’t kill me to read the rest, though.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Read: 148 pages Stopped because: I much prefer action to my character driven vignettes. Or a plot. Knowing what this book is, might help me to enjoy it. (Because knowing is half the battle.)

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Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

Read: 79 pages Stopped because: pretty sure I was just looking for an excuse, because my reasoning can be best summed up as ‘it was too different.’ Oh, my poor, narrow minded self of a year ago. What shall I ever do with her?

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

*shifty eyes* I’m not sure. I mean. I don’t think I read anything of this book. I think I convinced myself not to and now…I’m going to try.

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Shadow Magic by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett

Read: Dunno. 30 page, maybe. Stopped because: Well, it was told in alternating first person and…that was a thing I didn’t like. (Of course, I actually was looking for this book when I was digging through my books, so, yay!)

Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh

Read: 26 pages Stopped because: It was too science-y for me (never thought I’d say that) and the writing style left me confused.

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Unbound by Jim C. Hines

Read: 107 pages Stopped because: the main guy. He’s got his head shoved so far up his ass, it’s never coming back down. Usually, I’d just happily forget I ever tried to read a book with a main character like this. But Hines is one of my favorite authors and it hurts that I don’t love this series as much as the rest.

 

And there we are: a bunch of books that I am going to try to read. Have you read any of them? I’d love to know what you think if you have. (Or conversely, which ones you want to read.)

My Worst Books of 2017

Least favorite, worst, just plain bad. Because I did a list on Tuesday of my favorite reads of the year, I felt it only fitting that I also do a post on those books I just didn’t like. I will say, I did very well this year with DNFing books that I just wasn’t enjoying, which freed me up to good read a good book. (So, these are the books I actually finished, not the ones that I could tell well enough that I wouldn’t like that got DNF’d.)

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Starfall by Melissa Landers

When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend…with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn’t exactly in need of heroics—she’s claimed her birthright as Eturia’s queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn’t a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia—and is certain she returns his feelings—but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen?

When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family’s complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.

The one and only book (so far) that got a one star rating from me this year. Which is just plain sad considering how much I loved Starflight. In this book we have an extremely unhealthy/abusive relationship. You see, one of them is always there for the other, a good solid presence, while the other does nothing but belittle and put him down. She is emotionally manipulative and never, ever trusts him even though they’ve been friends for years and he literally gave up everything for her.

Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson

Diribani has come to the village well to get water for her family’s scant meal of curry and rice. She never expected to meet a goddess there. Yet she is granted a remarkable gift: Flowers and precious jewels drop from her lips whenever she speaks.

It seems only right to Tana that the goddess judged her kind, lovely stepsister worthy of such riches. And when she encounters the goddess, she is not surprised to find herself speaking snakes and toads as a reward.

Blessings and curses are never so clear as they might seem, however. Diribani’s newfound wealth brings her a prince—and an attempt on her life. Tana is chased out of the village because the province’s governor fears snakes, yet thousands are dying of a plague spread by rats. As the sisters’ fates hang in the balance, each struggles to understand her gift. Will it bring her wisdom, good fortune, love . . . or death?

I had such high hopes for this book, I mean it’s a retelling with diversity and strong bonds of sisterhood. Well, yeah, it is all those things. But it’s also incredibly boring. Honestly, this is probably the most boring book I’ve read all year. Nothing happens. We travel. We sleep. We eat. We travel. And while the book is about the sisters, so much time is spent with them apart and that is a shame because they were both at their best when they were together.

Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Arch Mage Wilhelm Blackflame.

When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life.

Because of the heavy, complicated worldbuilding, I want to say this should have been a full length novel – but then I think about how I didn’t like Hitomi and how every time I started to like someone else, the story shifted and we never saw them again and I realize that if it had been a novel, I would have never finished it. (It does win the award for blah-est blah book of the year, because I can’t even fire up hate or disappointment for it.)

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The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles

A lord in danger. A magician in turmoil. A snowball in hell.

Exiled to China for twenty years, Lucien Vaudrey never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He’s also inherited his family’s enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn’t expect it to turn up angry.

Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane’s family. Unfortunately, it’s his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he’s ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude… and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed. That’s definitely unusual.

Soon Stephen is falling hard for the worst possible man, at the worst possible time. But Crane’s dangerous appeal isn’t the only thing rendering Stephen powerless. Evil pervades the house, a web of plots is closing round Crane, and if Stephen can’t find a way through it—they’re both going to die.

This was the most recent book here for me, and I really don’t want to get into it because I am still angry/disappointed/sick at how much uncomfortable dubious consent at best (honestly, some felt like rape) there was in here between the ‘love interests’. Honestly, anything remotely sexy between them felt so uncomfortable that if I didn’t know the author was a prolific m/m writer, I’d think she had an agenda. (And if I hadn’t read another book of hers that dealt with full on BDSM in a historical setting that felt less rape-y than this one.)

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

I don’t want anyone to think this book is bad, but what is is is very much not for me. So not for me that if I hadn’t been reading it for a challenge, I would have DNF’d it. There are plenty of people out there that think this style of humor is funny, the weird stuff that happens just to happen, but I am not one of them. ‘Surreal humor is a form of humor predicated on deliberate violations of causal reasoning, producing events and behaviors that are obviously illogical.’ And to me this book is surreal humor.

The Spirit War by Rachel Aaron

Eli Monpress is vain. He’s cocky. And he’s a thief.
But he’s a thief who has just seen his bounty topped and he’s not happy about it. The bounty topper, as it turns out, is his best friend, bodyguard, and master swordsman, Josef. Who has been keeping secrets from Eli. Apparently, he’s the only prince of a rather feisty country and his mother (a formidable queen who’s every bit as driven and stubborn as he is) wants him to come home and do his duty, which means throwing over personal ambitions like proving he’s the greatest swordsman who ever lived.

Family drama aside, Eli and Josef have their hands full. The Spirit Court has been usurped by the Council of Thrones and someone calling herself the Immortal Empress is staging a massive invasion. But it’s not just politics — the Immortal Empress has a specific target in mind: Eli Monpress, the greatest thief in the world.

This is the fourth book in a five book series and it was without a doubt my least favorite of the first four. As of making up this list, I haven’t read the fifth yet, but I hope to read it soon and that it’s better than this one. This book was disappointing and depressing and I can’t stand the two characters that suddenly took over the story. (Which is why I actually have hope for the fifth, because it sounds like Eli get’s the limelight again. Thankfully.)

Do you have any worst books of the year? Have you read any of these and think I’m totally wrong? Or maybe you want to read one of these and want me to stop talking you out of it?

My Unfinished Series

So, I’d been giving some thought to what I could blog about to let new visitors get to know my taste in books and what I’m liking/what I’m not and then I remembered a post similar to this that I did last year. (If you like to see how this list changed from the last one, the page can be found here.)

Format of the list
Title of First Book – Author [how many books I’ve read/in the series]

Up to Date

Prudence – Gail Carriger [2/2]
Rebel Mechanics – Shanna Swendson [3/3]
Breakaway – Avon Gale [5/5]
Timekeeper – Tara Sim [1/1]
The Road to Silver Plume – Tamara Allen [1/1]
Daybreak Rising – Kiran Olvier [1/1]
Effigies – Sarah Raughley [1/1]
The Isle of the Lost – Melissa de la Cruz [3/3]
Age of Myth – Michael J. Sullivan [2/2]

High-Priority (AKA: The Series I Need to Finish)

The Cloud Roads – Martha Wells [3/5]
An Accident of Stars – Foz Meadows [1/2]
Earthrise – M.C.A. Hogarth [2/4]
Ella, the Slayer – A.W. Exley [2/3]
Mechanica – Betsy Cornwell [1/2]
The Spirit Thief – Rachel Aaron [3/5]
The Winner’s Curse – Marie Rutkoski [1/3]
The High King’s Golden Tongue – Megan Derr [1/4]
Status Update – Annabeth Albert [1/3]
The Stone Prince – Fiona Patton [1/5]

Medium-Priority (AKA: When I Get To Them)

Warrior – Zoe Archer [1/4]
Valor’s Choice – Tanya Huff [4/5]
Falling Kingdoms – Morgan Rhodes [4/5]
Libriomancer – Jim C. Hines [1/4] (Pulled off my ‘Abandoned’ shelf)

Low-Priority (AKA: I’m Not Ready To Say ‘Abandoned’)

Warrior Mage – Lindsay Buroker [1/2]
Mercenary Instinct – Ruby Lionsdrake [5/6]
Luck in the Shadows – Lynn Flewelling [2/7]
The Emperor’s Edge – Lindsay Buroker [8/9]
Balanced on the Blade’s Edge – Lindsay Buroker [1/7]
Radiance – Grace Draven [1/2]
City of Bones – Cassandra Claire [1/6] (Pulled off my ‘Abandoned’ shelf)

Abandoned (AKA: Won’t Read)

Romancing the Duke – Tessa Dare [2/4]
Double-Booked for Death – Ali Brandon [2/6]
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams [1/6]
The Backup Boyfriend – River Jaymes [1/3]
Rescued – Felice Stevens [1/2]
Omega City – Diana Peterfreund [1/2]
The Rithmatist – Brandon Sanderson [1/1]
Wrapped – Jennifer Bradbury [1/1]
Air Awakens – Elise Kova [2/5]
Ink and Bone – Rachel Caine [1/2]
Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor [2/3]
Sunbolt – Intisar Khanani [1/2]

(These are only the series I’ve abandoned since last November. I’ve got a list at that link at the top of the page of all the series I’ve abandoned since I started blogging. Also, these have been rounded down. If I DNF’d a book in the series, I counted the last book I finished.)

I also have a reading challenge update coming at the end of the month and you’ll get to see what series’ I’ve finished this year in it.